Subscribe now and save up to 56%
OK, confession time – I was that kid in grade school who constantly found himself in trouble for disassembling any number of objects. Stereos, lawn mowers, televisions – if I had a desire to understand how something worked, to get a feel for what made it tick, I took it apart. For the most part, I was usually able to reassemble that which my hands had undone, but . . . there were exceptions (unfortunately).
One object in our home that even my hands couldn’t tackle was my mother’s piano. So when author James Barron came out with a book aptly titled “Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand,” I was immediately hooked. The book takes you behind the scenes at the Steinway factory in Queens, New York as a team of cabinet makers and other artisans produce concert grand number KO862.
I devoured the book when it came out in the Summer of 2006 but never realized that a feature length documentary film was also in the works at about the same time that Barron’s book came on the scene.
In “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037,” director Ben Niles takes you through the entire process – from start to finish. Everything is covered – from the initial wood selection, to bending the piano’s signature outer rim in the workshop. It’s a must see for music lovers and woodworkers alike!
Not into actually tickling the ivories? Not a problem – have a look at reader Terry Schneider’s conversion of a piano into a tool chest.
Get woodworking tips, expert advice and special offers in your inbox
Become a member today
Get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content.
Subscribe to Fine Woodworking
Save up to 56%
Wow. Thanks for sharing. The book looks like something I would devour as well. I will have to track down the movie. In the meantime, the website for the movie is simply one of the best websites I've ever seen. Watch a few of the trailers and click on the 'Characters' tab to see why. http://www.notebynotethemovie.com/
I similarly enjoyed Wooden Boats by Michael Ruhlman about the building of classic wooden boats.
The court battle continues between Bosch and Sawstop
Grids and cutouts define a practical piece
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
Become a member today and get instant access to all FineWoodworking.com content!
Plus tips, advice, and special offers from Fine Woodworking.
Our biweekly podcast allows editors, authors, and special guests to answer your woodworking questions and connect with the online woodworking community.
Browse our collection of hundreds of quality plans including Shaker furniture, Arts and Crafts pieces, beds, diy plans, chairs, workbenches, tool storage, and more.
© 2016 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
Become a member and get instant access to thousands of videos, how-tos, tool reviews, and design features.